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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
We recently had a colt and his dam come in. The colt was eleven months old and suckling enough that the mare had become emanciated(sp?) due to lack of nutrition in her food. Suckling takes a lot out of a mare, and as the colt grows he'll drink more and more- thus robbing larger amounts of nutrience from his mother. Remember that an animal's body will serve first the offspring, then the mother. It's just how things work.
Knowing that, it is ALWAYS a better idea to just wean yourself. It's a sound, safe, healthy way to ensure that both mare and foal stay in good condition. Have you considered makeshift panels? You could borrow or buy some, and just make a small pen for the colt for the month that he needs to be away from his mother. You could make this of either electric tape (might need to back this up, depending on colt's strength and agility) wood, metal panels (most expensive but ensures the colt not getting to mama) or anything else strong enough for a horse ;)
do remember though, that if the mare and foal can see eachother, weaning may take longer and be harder for both of them. It will mean a lot of calling back and forth and pacing.
Is there anyone who can take one of them in for a short time? In another thread I know you mentioned the possibility of turning out the both of them with some llamas or something of the such...could you try bringing the mare into there, or vice versa?
Be creative ^_^ horses often call for sharp minds and crazy ideas!
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